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The Google Android operating system is a Linux-based system that has been primarily been designed for mobile use and touch-enabled devices. It has been initially developed by Android Inc. which Google purchased in 2005.

The first Android powered device, the T-Mobile G1, was sold in 2008 and from that moment on the rise of Android powered devices began. Android today is the mobile phone operating system with the greatest market share followed by Apple’s iPhone. According to Google, more than 1.3 million Android devices get activated every day (in 2012).

What makes Android special is that it is released as Open Source which gives phone manufacturers the right to modify and distribute phones running Android. The large number of community developers producing apps for Android has attributed to the operating system’s success as well. It is estimated that more than 700,000 apps are available on Google Play, the official Android store.

We cover Android related news, apps reviews, tutorials and more here on Ghacks.

hello world android

Wallpaper applications are a dime a dozen on Android, and most offer similar functionality: browse wallpapers using filters, set wallpapers, and that is about it. While they may differ in terms of sources for the wallpapers, you should not expect major differences between apps. Hello World changes that. The Android applicationĀ  provides you with a […]

apkupdater 1.5 android

The latest version of the Android application update checker and installer APKUpdater, APKUpdater 1.5, brings support for Google Play update checking among other things. We reviewed APKUpdater when it was released to the public, and I suggest you check out the initial review for a general overview of the program's functionality. Basically, what it enables […]

amoled wallpapers

AMOLED Wallpapers HD is a free application for Android that provides you with specially crafted wallpapers for AMOLED displays. AMOLED, Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode, is a display technology that uses self-illuminating diodes. This is different from LCD displays, which use a backlight instead. AMOLED displays are integrated into most Samsung devices, Google devices, […]

adobe scan camscanner

Adobe Scan is a new application for Android by Adobe that turns the device's camera into a scanner with text recognition (OCR) support. Basically, what it enables you to do is scan anything with text, recipes, notes, documents, business cards, newspaper articles, use OCR to identify the text, and save it as an Adobe PDF […]

timbre edit audio video

Timbre is a free application for Google Android devices that enables you to edit audio or video directly on the device it is running on. While all Android devices come with options to record video, editing tools to edit these captured videos or audio files are either super basic, or not available at all. You […]

copyless paste app indexing

Copyless Paste is a new Google Chrome feature on Android devices that provides suggestions based on previous activity in the browser. A basic example is the following: you visit the website of a restaurant in Google Chrome on Android, and check it out. When you switch to Maps afterwards, that restaurant may be listed in […]

opera max 3

Opera Software released Opera Max 3.0 for Android today featuring a streamlined interface and Facebook data saving support. Opera Max is a data savings application that sits in between your device and the websites, apps and services that you use on the Internet. It works like a tunnel, and compresses data before it reaches the […]

ifttt android

IFTTT, which stands for If This Then That, is a service that may automate a lot of things related to PCs, online and your mobile devices for you. Basically, what it allows you to do, is create so called recipes that run automated actions when an event occurs. Events can be nearly anything, from you […]

whatsapp lower data usage

The following guide provides you with instructions on lowering the data usage of the popular messaging application WhatsApp. Created for Android devices, you can use the guide if you run WhatsApp on another mobile operating system as well. Applications that you run regularly on your mobile devices can use a considerable amount of data when […]


Meteor - App Speed Test is a free application for Google Android devices that tests the mobile connection speed and indicates how well popular apps will run with those speeds. Most mobile benchmark applications do the same thing: they test the ping, upload and download speed, and may use several servers for that located in […]

evie launcher

Evie Launcher is a free launcher application for Android that is fast, and equipped with powerful search and notification options. Launcher applications for Android are designed to improve the user experience in several ways. They help you find and launch apps or system features fast, but may offer additional features on top of that which […]

white noise baby

White Noise Baby is an application for Google Android and Apple iOS devices that provides you with soothing sounds and monitoring options. The application looks like any other "white noise" application on first glance, but if you dig a bit deeper, you will notice that it offers features that the bulk of apps don't support. […]

ooniprobe tor

The Tor Project released ooniprobe designed to run checks to see if you are being censored for Android and iOS mobile devices. The app is designed to run a series of tests to find out about evidence of censorship, and information on the speed and performance of the network used by the mobile phone. Before […]

youtube go

YouTube Go is a new application for Android by Google designed for markets where available bandwidth and reception may be lacking. While the official YouTube application for Android works well in many situations, it is not the lightest of applications. YouTube Go has been designed by Google to improve the experience by creating a lighter […]

google maps commute

Google announced an update to Google Maps on Android yesterday that brings real-time commute information and more to the company's app. The new version of Google Maps for Android features a new section at the bottom of the home screen. All you have to do is swipe up to see the new options and interact […]


HabitHub Habit & Goal Tracker is an application for Android that helps you keep track of activities, goals and rewards. If you have troubles keeping track of activities and goals, or reaching them, you may need a little extra push in the right direction. Goal trackers are certainly no one size fits it all solution, […]

android vpn apps insecure

Virtual Private Networks (VPN) have evolved from a technology used mostly by businesses to one that is used by more and more home users as well. Reasons are manifold, but improved privacy and security are certainly two key features that make a growing number of home users use VPN services and apps. Without going into […]